Head for the Chilcotin country...
Head for the Chilcotin country for wilderness at its best! Pictured is magnificent Chilko Lake, nestled in the Coast Range, unspoiled, rugged and pristine. The dust cloud at the base of the mountain across the lake is actually a cloud of pine pollen being blown off the lodgepole pine trees on the slopes of the mountain. (click for a larger view) An abundance of great fishing will also lure you to this area.
There are hundreds of lakes and in the Cariboo region that are know for their fantastic rainbow trout fishing. Most lakes are accessible from the networks of logging roads that crisscross much of the area. Other lakes are fly-in from centres like Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Quesnel, Nimpo Lake, Bella Coola, and Prince George.
"On the mend..."
A close friend of mine moved to Prince George two years ago, and I have made several treks there since. Its a long drive, scary drive (through the Pine Pass of the Rocky Mountains). The town itself is on a comeback. Several years ago, it went belly up, people were moving out, schools closing, stores shut down. You can see the slow comeback now, but it makes for a not so pretty town!
When going to Prince George from Alberta, there is only one road to take. You have to travel through the Pine Pass, which is a long, curvey, narrow highway in the mountains. You don't have cell phone service for 3 hours, and if you break down, you are in big trouble! I went through it a few days ago, and on the way there, it was pouring rain, the highway clear and flooding. The next day I came home, and you couldn't see where the road was because of all the snow! If you plan on driving through there, be careful and pack an emergency bag!